School of Business and Management

Introduction to the School

Introduction to the School of Business and Management (SBM)

The School of Business and Management strives to unearth the connections between economic, social, political and cultural life along with modern business and management forms.

Our academics are engaged in high-quality research with particular focus on the relationship between business and society as a whole. Our range of innovative research programmes draw on the research strengths of our international staff and address the rapid growth of interest in business and management as an academic discipline. We are proud to attract some of the world’s brightest minds, who work and study together in an exceptional, inspirational environment. It is our aim to create excellent learning experiences for you, and to empower you to make positive contributions to the world of business and beyond – in other words, to make a difference.

Management is a wide-ranging subject that looks at the way organisations and individuals organise themselves to produce goods and services within economic, political, social and technological contexts. There are few areas of 21st-century life that are not touched by it, and a solid understanding of its principles and practices are essential to those who manage our businesses, educational and political institutions both now and into the future. As a student here, you can expect to undertake programmes that deliver the latest thinking as well as established theories and practice with an international perspective.

Our research-led approach

Academics in the School of Business and Management work across a wide range of academic areas, with a particular emphasis on research. The research within the school focuses on the connections between economic, social, political and cultural life, and business and management.

Drawn from a range of disciplines – including communications, cultural studies, finance, philosophy, psychology, postcolonial theory, feminist studies, business history, sociology, economics and management – our academics are able to challenge and propose new approaches to the business and management community. You will be taught by academics who engage with, and impact on, industry and government.

Our PhD students make vital contributions to the School. As well as benefiting from studying in an intellectually stimulating and research- focused environment, you will be able to work with our School’s vibrant Research Centres and Groups.


In addition to office space for our PhD students, QMUL will be unveiling the brand-new £39m Graduate Centre in early 2017, which will provide teaching and learning space for all postgraduate students. This will include a 200- seat lecture theatre, study spaces, seminar rooms, and a café.

As a postgraduate student at QMUL, you will also have access to two other major libraries aside our main library at Mile End: Senate House Library near Russell Square, and the British Library, London’s single most important intellectual resource. You will also be able to explore the city’s unparalleled range of specialist archives and libraries, including the London School of Economics (LSE)’s social science library.